Frederick Douglass Storyboard Part 1

Frederick Douglass Storyboard Part 1

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  • Frederick Douglass was a black man born in Maryland in 1818 as a slave. He was unaware of who his father was, and only met his mother when he was very young. He spent most of life moving from home to home, doing whatever work needed to be done. Many of these homes were abusive and Douglass was not given lots of food or clothing. He went to Mr. Covey's plantation in 1833, a normal day with on Covey's land consisted of working in the searing heat, and being whipped on several different occasions. Before moving there, Douglass had been set on learning to read to get more intelligent, and eventually escape slavery. But Covey’s harsh conditions broke Douglass and made him very depressed. One day, something happened that would change Frederick’s life forever.
  • One day, Douglass was working in incredibly high heat when he passed out from working too hard. When Mr. Covey asked one of the other workers where Frederick was, they pointed at where he had collapsed. Covey walked over and asked him why he was on the ground, Frederick mumbled how he had fallen down, possibly from the heat and  working to much. Covey commanded Douglass to get up, and when Douglass began to move, Covey gave him a savage kick in the gut, which made Frederick fall down again. Once again Covey yelled, “Stand Up!” at Frederick’s near lifeless body. Frederick tried to stand up again, but Covey, once more, gave him a barbaric kick in the side. Douglass could no longer get up, but now, Covey had stopped yelling at him, Frederick soon realized Covey had left him for the dead. Hours after this, Frederick finally musters the strength to get up, and immediately ran to his master (Mr. Auld) who had rented him to Mr. Covey. Unfortunately for Douglass, Mr. Auld sent him back to Covey’s the next day.
  • Once Frederick arrives back at the plantation, Covey pursues him to punish him for his actions the night before. When Douglass realizes this he runs into the high corn field on the plantation. Instead of chasing Douglass into the field, he waits him out as a fox would its prey. Frederick waits in the dirt and his own sticky sweat for Covey to leave. Frederick eventually gets a lucky break when Covey gives up, thinking Frederick will eventually come inside for food. Frederick, instead, flees into the forest and contemplates whether to go back to the plantation and be whipped to death by Covey, or starve in the woods. Luckily for Douglass, a fellow slave, Sandy Jenkins, was on his way to see his free wife. Sandy asked Douglass “Why are you hiding in these woods”     “I'm afraid my master will beat me to death if I show myself” Responded Douglass     "Well I have a solution to that” Exclaimed Sandy Sandy then proceeded to rip a root out of the ground and give it to Douglass. “I always have one of these on me” Said Sandy “I’ve never been whipped since, and never expect to either”     “I'm not sure this is going to work” Said Douglass     “There's no harm in taking it anyway”     “I guess” Douglass camped out in the forest that night, and reluctantly walked back to the field the next morning, expecting to be beat. To Douglass’s surprise though, Covey asked him to do some chores for the field, but nothing more. This polite attitude continues until a Monday morning...
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